This extended study of one of the critical campaigns of World War I sheds light on vital strategic consequences for both sides.
• Examines the campaign from the perspective of the Central Powers, rather than from the Serbian point of view
• Shows that the assault on Serbia was pivotal in that it led to the unraveling of the overall conflict for Germany
• Features research conducted at the German federal military archives in Freiburg, the Bavarian military archives in Munich, the Austrian archives in Vienna, and the Baden-Württemberg archives in Stuttgart
• Draws from official histories, regimental histories, memoirs, and first-person accounts
• Marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 campaign
Richard L. DiNardo
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meticulously researched and developed in great detail, the book unfortunately appears to have been rushed into print. The editing is poor and the proofreading is worse. For the general reader the two maps are useless and the detail can be suffocating. Do we really need to know the military history of each general? Definitely fills a need, but recommend a reworked second edition.
This is a short, well-written account of the Central Powers' campaign in Serbia in 1915. It's a volume in a new series on technology in war, and emphasizes some technological advantages possessed by the Austrians and Germans. These were heavy guns that facilitated crossing rivers into Serbia, air reconnaissance that made targeting and coordination of movement better, and field telephones, which allowed better coordination of units and enabled commanders to have a much clearer picture of events. Serbia was by no means a backwards army, but had few aircraft, many fewer guns, and lacked field telephones. The book is partly a study of how these technologies assisted the campaign against the veteran Serbs and their difficult home terrain.
The first chapter is a backgrounder, discussing the Serbs and Austrians from 1875 through 1914. The next chapters describe the context and provide biographies of many of the commanders, especially the Germans. The Austrian campaigns of 1914 are...
Great reference on a little known area of history
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